Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe apologizes to Sixties Scoop survivors

  • Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe apologizes to Sixties Scoop survivors

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe apologizes to Sixties Scoop survivors

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe is set apologize to survivors of the '60s Scoop at the legislature this morning. But I do know this.

"We failed the survivors we heard from in the sharing circles, and so many others".

Between the 1950's and the 1980's, around 20,000 Indigenous children were removed from their homes and adopted out to non-Indigenous families.

Moe stated not almost enough consideration was given to the fact Indigenous children come from communities with their own traditions, cultures and history.

He acknowledged that, as a result of being separated from their families and communities, "those children were cut off from their culture, and they were cut off from their traditions". In our province, we are only as strong as our families, we are only as strong as our communities ... We failed their families. Legisture's rotunda as Premier Scott Moe delivers the #SixtiesScoopApology. The consequences are still being felt by individuals and families to this day.

The province is now in the process of defending a class action brought by Doucette and others looking for financial compensation for sixties scoop survivors.

"This is a day for our government to acknowledge with honesty, with humility and with deep regret, what happened in Saskatchewan", he said.

He said the provincial government failed those survivors.

He said there are programs the provincial government should be doing in the North, but aren't, and he'd like to see details of the programming Moe stated was underway in his speech. "That means immediate and serious change as this is First Nations jurisdiction" said FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron in a statement.

Doucette noted a major issue right now is the number of Indigenous children in the foster care system - something many involved in the Sixties Scoop feel the province needs to address.

Moe says there is nothing the province can do to fully restore what '60s Scoop survivors lost.

Moe says the province and its people are sorry for the pain and sadness the apprehensions caused Indigenous children and their families, and for the culture and language that many lost.

"Today, there are over 5,000 children in care in Saskatchewan, majority First Nations and Métis, and over 600 newborns have been removed from Saskatchewan over the past five years". She now co-chairs the Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society of Saskatchewan, an association of those who were caught up in the practice.

Moe thanked the SSISS and other survivors for helping bring the apology to life. "You try to do things in small, incremental steps, and you try to deal with the issues we're all faced with today". "Our First Nations children are still being ripped away from their families, communities and culture. We are deeply indebted to you", he said. "We failed", Moe told the crowd of a couple hundred people at the legislature.